Bayern Munich put Manchester City to the sword at their home
Champions League winning side Bayern Munich displayed a superb all-round performance to slay a valiant Manchester City with a 3-1 scoreline at Etihad Stadium. The English side tried to control the tempo of the game, but they were simply blown away by the superb attack and midfield dominance shown by Bayern Munich.
Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini was critical of the performance his side had recorded. Poor defensive performance from Manchester City, especially Joe Hart didn’t help the Chilean tactician’s cause.
However, in the end it was good game-play by Bayern Munich that mostly contributed for well-deserved victory. Bayern Munich enjoyed the lion’s share of the ball possession (66%) and had the majority of strikes on goal (20).
Franck Ribery drew first blood with a thunderous shot that Hart wasn’t able to keep out in the seventh minute. The second goal came after a superb defensive-splitting cross which arrived at the feet of Thomas Mueller in the 56th minute. The German forward made no mistake in foiling the goalkeeper before putting the ball in the back of the net. Arjen Robben came up with the third goal for Bayern Munich only three minutes later following twists and turns and a blinding shot from the right wing.
Manchester City striker Alvaro Negredo provided Manchester City with a consolation goal, but his 79th minute shot was nothing short of brilliance.
Robben claims he was surprised by Manchester City’s lack of fight. The Dutch winger expected the English side to be more of a challenge for Bayern Munich.
“It was very good, the first 70 or 80 minutes in particular we played terrific football,” Robben said. “To be so dominant against such a big team, we didn't expect an easy game like that. I think it's also a big compliment to our team but I expected a bit more from City.
“We didn't give them any space, we pressed them and they had a lot of balls they kicked away and we could start again. They sometimes gave us a little too much space and we are a team who can use the space very well.
“We have to stay with both feet on the ground, it's only the beginning of the season but we can be happy with tonight's performance. You have to enjoy it, when you've played such football it's really nice.”